The Making The Bed Experiment

Blue white brown bedroom

I read somewhere that making the bed each morning will make you more productive. The single act of accomplishing a task that, for many (myself included), is less than desirable can get your day off on the right foot. The productive foot.   Which I think may be the right one.   For the past month-and-a-half or so […]

Tool Box Herb Planter

Rustic Tool Box Planter

A miracle has happened.   And I don’t mean a parting-the-sea-turning-water-to-wine variety of miracle.   Mine is much more humble. Though, life and death was involved. 😉   In my little corner of the universe, this was a truly monumental feat. Something that has never, ever happened before. To be honest, I’m still scratching my head how it […]

Beach Blues & A Giveaway!


You can take the girl out of Jersey, but you can never, ever take the Jersey out of the girl.    After 22 years in Chicago,  I still identify as a Jersey girl. Those roots run deep. Especially at this time of year.   You see, I’m not just a Jersey girl. I’m a Jersey shore girl. […]

Pomp & Circumstance

Molly Braden - Blaine 8th Grade Video

This week isn’t about paint or crafts or diy or mason jars.   It’s about caps and gowns and fancy dresses and khaki pants and button down shirts and ties. It’s about processions and diplomas and pomp and circumstance. And parties.   Oh, and tears. Lots and lots of tears.   Yes, I’m stocking up on […]

How To Paint and Distress Mason Jars

How To Paint Distress Mason Jars: Chalk Paint Mason Jars in Pink, Grey, Greige, White

For those of you who are regular visitors here at Paint (thank you!), you probably scratched your head when you saw the title of this post in your newsfeed. Or inbox. Because you know I’ve been painting and distressing mason jars … and selling painted and distressed mason jars … for 2+ years now.   But […]

A Mason Jar Giveaway

Painted Distressed Mason Jars in Lavender

Source: Drop Cloth Design Co. on Etsy   If my blog truly … truly … reflected my everyday happenings, then each and every post would look like this.   Mason jars.   Painted and distressed.   Because not a day goes by that I’m not working with mason jars. Painting, distressing, sealing, packing, labeling, and/or […]

Weight Watchers Ice Cream

pictures of ice cream bars

This post brought to you by Weight Watchers® Ice Cream. The content and opinions expressed below are that of It All Started With Paint. You know how I’ve declared this The Year of the Blog. Well,I’ve also declared it The Year I Get Healthy.   Hence all the Weight Watchers recipe ideas I’ve been eating […]

Paint’s Chips

DIY Wall Art Ideas With Paint

I am a bi-product of the Golden Age of Television.   I am an advertiser’s dream …   and a parent’s worst nightmare.   From that first episode of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood watched sitting crossed legged on the floor with my nose pressed against the Zenith television console, I was hooked.   Friday nights were built […]

Paint’s Chips

Dry Roasted Almonds Recipe

Tonight it all comes to an end. The end of an era.   The Mad Men series finale.   I, along with every other fan on the internet, have so many questions about how it will all end. And have been pouring over the many, many theories online …   Will Don Draper throw himself […]

On the Fence

board-batten-living-room (2 of 27)

  This is how my living room has looked for the past few months.   Okay, not exactly like this …   That look is unrealistically neat and organized for everyday life here at Paint.   Sure, there are green accents to celebrate Spring, like these polka dot pillow covers. And flowers from the grocery store adding […]

Stuffed Peppers Recipe

stuffed peppers recipe

  I can count on one hand the number of times bell peppers have crossed the threshold of our home over the past 20 years.   It was not my decision. Okay, perhaps a decision was made by me. But it was out of love.   You see, Mike is not a fan. And by […]

Paint’s Chips

Homemade Bath Salts Lavender Mint

  Homemade lavender & mint bath salts recipe can be found here: Mason Jar Crafts Love.   Happy Mother’s Day weekend!   Don’t you love how I took a day and turned into a weekend?   You’re welcome!   And with the strike a few keyboard keys, I’ve given you carte blanche to do whatever you want […]

Teen Girl Room: Sources

Teen Girl Bedroom Ideas: Gray, White & Aqua

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m not a winger.   As in a winging things winger.   I’m a planner. A list maker. A researcher. A ponderer. A debater. A shop around to try and find it cheaper-er. I’ll spend hours thumbing through magazines and catalogs and Google image searches. Searching for just the […]

Mason Jar Mixed Drink Mixers

mason jar mixed drink mixers

Last weekend we were treated to a hard-earned taste of Spring. The skies were blue and the temperatures demanded shorts and flip flops and short-sleeved tops …   … along with leg shaving and toe nail painting. 😉   But the best part? Flinging the windows open wide and airing out the house.   Ahhhhh …   […]

Goodbye April …. and Hello May!

Home Decor Blog

Chalkboard Chicago Subway Art | Fabric Scrap Banner | Chick Easter Eggs | Rice Dyed Easter Eggs | Paint-A-Pillow   Sometimes I think each month in The Year of the Blog is competing with one another.   Nothing sordid or dirty. Nothing on the scale of a Presidential election.   It’s more of a good humored, […]